No Act of Love Is Ever Wasted: The Spirituality of Caring for Persons with Dementia

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Dementia presents major challenges to faith-both for persons with dementia and for their caregivers. In No Act of Love Is Ever Wasted, authors Jane Thibault and Richard Morgan present a realistic picture of dementia, and they encourage us to see caregiving and receiving as opportunities for mutual spiritual growth.

This book is for anyone who provides care to persons with ...

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Overview

Dementia presents major challenges to faith-both for persons with dementia and for their caregivers. In No Act of Love Is Ever Wasted, authors Jane Thibault and Richard Morgan present a realistic picture of dementia, and they encourage us to see caregiving and receiving as opportunities for mutual spiritual growth.

This book is for anyone who provides care to persons with dementia-family members, friends, professional caregivers, and clergypersons.

Features include

information about types of dementia

suggestions for spiritual care of persons with dementia

reflection questions for individuals or groups

helpful tips for leading support groups and worship services for persons with dementia

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780835899956
  • Publisher: Upper Room Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Pages: 175
  • Sales rank: 208,612
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Dr. Earl A. Grollman 9

Introduction: Needed: Living Water 12

Chapters

1 Giving and Receiving Care 25

2 Facts and Fallacies about Dementia 35

3 Caregiving: A Mutual Spiritual Path 55

4 Spiritual Needs of Caregivers 78

5 Spiritual Care in Memory Care Facilities 93

6 That All May Worship 116

7 Where Is the Church in All of This? 142

Appendixes

1 Suggested Reading 161

2 Psalm 139 for Caregivers 164

3 Leading a Support Group for Persons with Dementia 166

4 Worship Through Music and Symbols 170

Notes 171

Index 173

About the Authors 176

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  • Posted July 27, 2011

    Highly recommended for caregivers of persons with dementia

    In their book No Act of Love Is Ever Wasted: The Spirituality of Caring for Persons With Dementia, coauthors Jane Marie Thibault and Richard L. Morgan re-envision - from a Christian perspective-caregiving for those suffering from Alzheimer's and other forms of debilitating dementia. Thibault, a gerontologist and clinical professor of Family and Geriatric Medicine at the University of Louisville School of Medicine and Morgan, a retired chaplain and professor, share their wealth of experience in this well-written and helpful book.

    Martin Buber once said, "The greatest thing one can do for another is to confirm what is deepest in another." This quote sums up authors' main premise: the soul of a person with dementia survives even when to all appearances nothing but an empty physical shell is left, and the caregiver becomes the presence of God and the provider of God's love to the person, i.e. confirming and affirming "what is deepest."

    The authors understand caregiving as a mutual spiritual path, one that allows the caregiver to grow spiritually while striving to meet the physical and spiritual needs of the person needing care. This process often demands rethinking and reimaging as caregivers struggle with the dramatic changes in their lives and the lives of their loved ones.

    Included in the recommended spiritual practices is one the authors call "dedicated suffering," a process of imagining oneself taking the loved one's suffering, combining it with one's own anguish and offering it Jesus, asking Jesus to turn this suffering into his own love to be offered to the loved one or to someone else. In this way, caregiving that might appear as self-denial and a burden ends up feeling like a gift.

    The format of the book is reader-friendly with larger than usual font. Each chapter opens with a passage of scripture related to the topic discussed and closes with thought-provoking discussion questions. Throughout the authors provide information about types of dementia and make helpful suggestions for spiritual care for both persons with dementia and their caregivers, all based on their personal and professional experiences.

    This book, received as a review copy from Upper Room Books, is highly recommended for caregivers of persons suffering from dementia.

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